News for Monday, May 31, 2010

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Keeping it clean: Pools inspected and ready for summer

As summer approaches and the days get hotter, the idea of a cool, fresh swim is becoming more and more appealing. But just what goes into getting ready for a day at the pool? For East Metro Health District inspectors, it's a lot more than just putting on a swimsuit.

Man drowns at park

Sadly, the first drowning of the season occurred late Saturday afternoon, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office. NCSO Spokesman Lt. Mark Mitchell said a man he described as "an older gentleman," was found drowned by the Newton County Dive Team at Factory Shoals Park. Mitchell said the man's name and age would be released at a later date.

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Turner Lake Road project starts June 9

Turner Lake Road will be closed beginning June 9 for up to 180 days for construction of a roundabout at its intersection with Clark Street, the Georgia Department of Transportation announced this week.

County gets grant for park shelters

This summer roughing it at the South Rockdale Community Park will be a little nicer with the construction of three Adirondack camp shelters. The project is funded by a $7,000 grant from Home Depot. The county Parks Division and Home Depot will collaborate to build three campsites at the park's trail head. County workers will prepare the camp sites and volunteers are being sought to help construct the shelters later this month.

Residents help make Boot Drive a success

Local residents came through, yet again, with their support of the Rockdale County Fire Division. This year the RCFD was one of more than 100 fire departments in Georgia that participated in the 21st annual Give Burns the Boot fundraiser. Beginning May 1, the fund raiser was held over the first three Saturdays of the month, in support of the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation.

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